Daily Archives: December 8, 2016

Amber’s (Pre) Historic Reveal

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(R.C. McKellar, Royal Saskatchewan Museum)

Remember Dr. Alan Grant’s theory of connectivity between velociraptors (raptor meaning “bird of prey”) and birds in the 1993 cinematic masterpiece Jurassic Park? 

Well, this at least seems to be pointed towards that direction.

“…this is the first time that scientists are able to clearly associate well-preserved feathers with a dinosaur, and in turn gain a better understanding of the evolution and structure of dinosaur feathers.”

–Kristin Romey, National Geographic

In perfect harmony, the sample discussed in the above quotation was preserved in discovered, yes, a piece amber about the size of an apricot that’s been dried! True story: Fans of the movie just gasped.

While this is exciting news in the paleontology world, it’s worth noting that this discovery in northern Myanmar doesn’t appear to be a gateway to a real-life Jurassic Park. A bummer, for sure. However, learning new facts and realities about such a fascinating, prehistoric period in history is incredible. It’s the latest proof and vindication of life’s eternal pursuit of knowledge and its countless mysteries waiting to be revealed with the right amount of curiosity and tenacity.

Thankfully, Jurassic Park sparked a societal interest across generations in events and creatures from more than 65 million years ago.

Michael Crichton and Steven Spielberg found a way.